School of Transborder Studies

Welcome visitors and friends,

This academic year, 2018-19, I am pleased to serve as the Interim Director of the School of Transborder Studies (STS). Please spend time visiting the STS website and learn about the exciting classes, degree programs, and opportunities for community building that our program offers.

To begin, I want to thank Professor Lisa Magaña for her service as Interim Director during the academic year 2017-18. She stepped in at a time to fill a leadership void with enthusiasm and vigor and she continues to serve in this capacity as the Associate Director. In her role, she focuses on strategic enrollment planning, student success, and donor relations. Furthermore, she’ll be stepping in when my schedule doesn’t allow for the numerous opportunities to engage with the community.

With a central focus on borders, we are mindful of the importance of ASU’s Charter to focus on the inclusion and success of ASU students and our fundamental responsibility to the overall well-being of our communities. As an interdisciplinary school within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, our degree programs and research portfolios address important and complex topics that focus on the US-Mexico transborder region, as well as the Chicanx and Latinx populations across the US. The focus of our research projects, degree programs, and courses include migration, health and applied social policy; media and expressive culture; culture, language and learning; and the US and Mexican regional immigration policy and economy. Featured programs include CAMP – an academic support to students from migrant and seasonal farmworker backgrounds; and the Program for Transborder Communities (PTC) - a strategic initiative to enhance transborder community engagement. Please explore deeper on our website to learn more about these efforts.

It will be an exciting year in STS because we will be launching an international search for a new school director and we will be conducting the Academic Program Review (APR). The search for a new director will involve recruiting an individual who is innovative, forward thinking, and deeply committed to the academic success of STS. The APR, which the university conducts every 7 years, will be a yearlong assessment of the degree programs, student outcomes, and faculty activities. No doubt, our faculty and staff will be deeply engaged in both activities.

Thank you for your interest in the School of Transborder Studies. If you would like more information about our degree programs, please contact Patricia Corona, the Academic Success Coordinator, at Please feel free to contact me too with any questions at or 480-965-4144.

Best wishes for a successful school year,

Elizabeth A. Wentz
Interim Director, School of Transborder Studies
Dean of Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning


At the center of expertise and action, we make borders human.

The School of Transborder Studies, the only one of its kind in the United States, promotes academic excellence and social change by developing cutting-edge interdisciplinary knowledge regarding the populations of the U.S.-Mexico transborder space and beyond. We affect social change by developing and nurturing integrated scholarship and teaching, leading to more successful and sustainable transborder communities.


ASU School of Transborder Studies


Inspire and Empower

Our current students and alumni are committed to transforming our society and are developing a better understanding of the complexity of contemporary societies in the 21st century.

Our mission is to inspire and empower students with an innovative learning experience that prepares them to be agents of change in a challenging environment where cultural, social, political, and economic borders are inevitably crossed by people both within and across communities in the context of a globalized world.

DreamZone, DACA, ASU, STS

DREAMzone at ASU | DACA & Undocumented Student Resources

DREAMzone will continue to support DACA and undocumented students at ASU by offering a venue for students to go to for assistance and support. Students can walk-in to meet with DREAMzone staff during DREAMzone Office Hours in a safe space at the School of Transborder Studies. Students may also contact DREAMzone to make an appointment if these hours do not work with their schedule.


DREAMzone office hours:

Tues/Thurs/Friday from 12 – 4pm or by appointment

Located at STS, Interdisciplinary Building B (Between MU and Student Services)

B161A (Small conference room).



College Assistance Migrant Program, CAMP, ASU

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Arizona State University is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education. The ASU CAMP Scholars Project provides academic support to students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds during their first year in college.


The Program for Transborder Communities (PTC) collaborates with scholars and communities in pursuing innovative ways to understand borders and border processes in a regional and global context. The mission of PTC is to develop socially embedded knowledge that promotes social change.


The Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS) was founded in 1976 and is the leading international scholarly association dedicated to the systematic study and exchange of ideas, information and analysis of international border, and the processes and communities engendered by such borders. ABS is currently housed and maintained by the School of Transborder Studies.